John Walker - Concert Organist
"Improvisation on 'Victimae paschali laudes'" by Tournemire (reconstructed by Maurice Durufle)
"Choral Improvisation on 'In dulci Jubilo'" by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
"In dir ist Freude" BWV615 by J.S. Bach
"In dir ist Freude" (Afro-Cuban) by Johannes Michel
"Choral No. 1 in E" Major by Cesar Franck
"Concert Variations on Old 100" by John Knowles Paine
"'Adagio' from Sonata in E-Flat Minor" by Herbert Nanney
"Carillon de Westminster" by Louis Vierne
Played on the four-manual, 63-rank Schantz Pipe Organ.
John Walker is Minister of Music Emeritus at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and a member of the organ faculty at Peabody Conservatory of Music. Earlier positions have included distinguished tenures in similar positions at Shadyside Presbyterian Church and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and at The Riverside Church and Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His former students occupy distinguished positions in churches and universities throughout America and in Asia.
His active performance schedule has taken him throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed three times at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and also at St. Paul's Cathedral in London and other cathedrals and churches in England, France, Holland, Switzerland, and Sweden. In Taiwan he has performed frequently at the National Concert Hall in Taipei and as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra.
On the eve of the millennium, he appeared on nationwide television in Taiwan during a four-hour marathon concert at the National Concert Hall. He has been a featured artist at the National Convention of the Korean Association of Organists, presenting hymn festivals, recitals, and workshops in Seoul. He has appeared frequently with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, even sharing one concert billing there with The Grateful Dead.
As a student of Herbert Nanney, John Walker earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stanford University, where he was Assistant University Organist. He holds two Master of Music degrees cum laude from American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where he was also a member of the faculty. Dr. Walker was the 1984 alumni recipient of the Professional Achievement Award from Westminster College. In 1999 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and to perform in Taiwan.
A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, John Walker is currently Vice President of the AGO, having previously served the Guild in numerous capacities, including National Treasurer; Dean of the New York City and San Jose chapters; member of the Committee on Professional Certification; member of the Board of Examiners; Coordinator of two conventions of Region III (1999 and 2007); and Chair of the Committee on Regional Conventions. He was the first Director of the Task Force on the New Organist, which conceived and implemented the highly successful Pipe Organ Encounters, now occurring annually throughout America. Eager to promote interest among people of all ages in the pipe organ and its repertoire, he addresses this topic in workshops as well as the performance of specific organ repertoire, hymn and service playing, conducting from the console, and improvisation for the church organist. He has been recitalist, clinician and service organist at conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Montreat Conference on Worship and Music, the Mo Ranch Conference on Music and Worship, the Richner-Strong Institute for Church Music at Colby College, the Lake Junaluska Conference of the Fellowship of United Methodist Church Musicians, as well as regional and national conventions of The American Guild of Organists.
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